2012 cultural events

This page lists 54 cultural events I attended in 2012. Movies are listed on my films page, not here. The program index page displays thumbnails of all the printed program images. Cities are in California, except as noted.

Highlights of 2012 to date:

And on the downside:


I started keeping event data in the format used by this page in 2010, so data for 2010 to date is accurate. I started keeping appointment calendar data in .txt format in August 2005. I later extracted 2005-2009 event data ex post facto, so data for 2005 to 2009 is less complete and a bit less accurate. I have older pocket calendars and hard copies of event programs going back to 1963, but I have not yet scanned programs for years before 2010 or entered event data for most years before 2005.

See also: 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1971 1981 1982 1983 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1993 1994 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 All

Click on a heading below to sort the list accordingly. Click on a Program link to see the printed program for an event. Enter a search string (e.g., "Mahler", "Berkeley", "piano") below to filter the output.


Date Category Description Performers Venue City Works
01/05/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Davies San Francisco Program Liszt: Prometheus
Ligeti: Violin Concerto
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 1 'Winter Daydreams'
01/25/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony Pinchas Zukerman, conductor / violin / viola Davies San Francisco Program Mozart: Adagio
Mozart: Rondo
Hindemith: Trauermusik
Mozart: Violin Concerto No. 3
Mozart: Symphony No. 40
01/27/12 @ 20:00 Concert Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Richard Egarr, conductor / harpsichord Herbst San Francisco Program Handel: Symphony from Saul
Locke: Music from The Tempest
Purcell: Suite from The Fairy Queen
Arne: Concerto for Harpsichord
Lawes: Consort Sett
Handel: Concerto Grosso Op. 3 No. 5
Handel: Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Salomon
01/28/12 @ 20:00 Theater Humor Abuse Lorenzo Pisoni Geary San Francisco Program Pisoni / Schmidt: Humor Abuse
01/29/12 @ 16:00 Chamber Noe Valley Chamber Music Clerestory Holy Innocents San Francisco Program
02/06/12 @ 19:30 Chamber Earplay Mary Chun, conductor Herbst San Francisco Program Peterson: Excursion
Feldman: Nature Pieces
Hills: 1958-1961
Rodriguez: Crepitum
Chen Yi: Tunes from My Home
02/08/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony Herbert Blomstedt, conductor Davies San Francisco Program Bruckner: Symphony No. 5
02/12/12 @ 15:00 Chamber Tokyo String Quartet Tokyo String Quartet
Jean-Michel Fonteneau, cello
Herbst San Francisco Program Haydn: String Quartet Op. 77 No. 1 'Lobkowitz'
Bartok: String Quartet No. 3
Schubert: Cello Quintet
02/15/12 @ 20:00 Concert Chicago Symphony Orchestra Ricardo Muti, conductor Davies San Francisco Program Schubert: Entr'acte from Rosamunde
Clyne: Night Ferry
Schubert: Symphony in C 'The Great'
02/25/12 @ 20:00 Chamber Bella Trio Bella Trio Private San Francisco Program Shostakovich: Prelude
Beethoven: Piano Trio No. 7 'Archduke'
Päart: Spiegel im Spiegel
Schubert: Piano Trio No. 2
02/29/12 @ 20:00 Theater Scorched ACT Geary San Francisco Program Mouawad: Scorched
03/01/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony Charles Dutoit, conductor
Arabella Steinbacher, violin
Davies San Francisco Program Stravinsky: Le Chant du rossignol
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto
Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
03/04/12 @ 14:00 Theater The Real Americans Dan Hoyle Marsh San Francisco Program Hoyle, Dan: The Real Americans
03/07/12 @ 20:00 Theater Geezer Geoff Hoyle Marsh San Francisco Program Hoyle, Geoff: Geezer
03/08/12 @ 20:00 Concert San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Paul Jacobs, organ
Davies San Francisco Program Copland: Orchestral Variations
Harrison: Concerto for Organ with Percussion Orchestra
Ives / Brant: A Concord Symphony
03/09/12 @ 20:00 Concert Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Steven Isserlis, cello
Herbst San Francisco Program Mendelssohn: The Fair Melusine
Schumann: Cello Concerto
Brahms: Serenade No. 2
03/15/12 @ 20:00 Concert San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
SF Symphony Chorus
St. Lawrence String Quartet
Emmanuel Ax, piano
Davies San Francisco Program Bates: Mass Transmission
Adams: Absolute Jest
Feldman: Piano and Orchestra
Varèse: Amériques
03/18/12 @ 15:00 Recital Stephen Hough Stephen Hough, piano Herbst San Francisco Program Beethoven: Piano Sonata Op. 27 #2 'Moonlight'
Hough: Sonata for Piano '(broken branches)'
Scriabin: Sonata No. 5
Liszt: Sonata in B minor
03/19/12 @ 19:30 Chamber Earplay Mary Chun, ondes martenot Herbst San Francisco Program Feldman: Voice and Instruments II
Ulman: Eclogue
Harrison, Ellen Ruth: Salad Bar
Ives: Piano Trio
03/26/12 @ 20:00 Chamber SF Contemporary Music Players Steven Schick, conductor Herbst San Francisco Program Ferneyhough: Bone Alphabet
Rosenberger: scatter 2.0
Holliger: Ma'mounia
Gordon: Fancywork
Wilson: A City Called Heaven
04/14/12 @ 20:00 Opera Don Giovanni Cinnabar Theater
Mary Chun, conductor
Cinnabar Petaluma Program Mozart: Don Giovanni
04/15/12 @ 15:00 Recital Olga Kern Olga Kern, piano Herbst San Francisco Program Beethoven: Variations on a Theme by Salieri
Schumann: Carnaval
Chopin: Polonaise
Chopin: Five Études
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsodies No. 10 & 2
04/22/12 @ 19:30 Concert Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Nicholas McGegan, conductor First Congregational Berkeley Program Händel: Alexander's Feast
Händel: Concerto Grosso 'Alexander's Feast'
04/28/12 @ 16:30 Indian Dhrupad vocals Gundecha Brothers, vocal Shirdi Sai Parivar Milpitas Program Raga Multani
Compositions
04/29/12 @ 19:00 Concert Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Joshua Bell, violin/leader Herbst San Francisco Program Beethoven: Coriolan Overture
Beethoven: Violin Concerto
Beethoven: Symphony No. 7
04/30/12 @ 20:00 Chamber SF Contemporary Music Players Steven Schick, conductor Herbst San Francisco Program Gervais: Culture No. 1
Dean: Intimate Decisions
Applebaum: Pre-Composition
Davis: The Bright and Hollow Sky
Harrison: Serenade
Campion: Small Wonder (The Butterfly Effect)
05/03/12 @ 20:00 Theater All the Rage Marilyn Pittman Marsh San Francisco Program Pittman: All the Rage
05/05/12 @ 20:00 Indian Bansuri recital G. S. Sachev, bansuri
Swapan Chaudhuri, tabla
Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco Program Raga Yaman Kalyan
Raga Kafi
Evening raga
05/06/12 @ 14:00 Blues O Street Jumps Alan Stolmack, guitar Crawdad's Cantina Sacramento
05/10/12 @ 19:30 Chamber Earplay Mary Chun, conductor Herbst San Francisco Program Felciano: Lontano
Feldman: Spring of Chosroes
Daigger: Strom
Huang: Along the River During the Qingming Festival
05/16/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Alexander Barantschik, violin
Davies San Francisco Program Mahler: Blumine
Schnittke: Violin Concerto No. 4
Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 'Pastorale'
05/18/12 @ 20:00 Theater White Rabbit, Red Rabbit Ahou Yazmine Tabibzadeh International Festival Lounge San Francisco Program Soleimanpour: White Rabbit, Red Rabbit
05/20/12 @ 18:00 Recital Noe Valley Chamber Music Marina Boudart Harris, soprano
Laura Krumm, soprano
Robert Mollicone, piano
Holy Innocents San Francisco Program Offenbach: Barcarolle from Les contes d'Hoffmann
Gounod: Air de Bijoux from Faust
Heggie: Paper Wings
Puccini: Flower duet from Madama Butterfly
Rossini: Una voce poca fa from Il Barbiere di Siviglia
Loewe: Show Me from My Fair Lady
Mozart: Arias from Le Nozze di Figaro
Bernstein: Somewhere from West Side Story
Mozart: Duet from Cosi fan tutte
05/23/12 @ 19:00 Theater Play & Endgame ACT Geary San Francisco Program Beckett: Play
Beckett: Endgame
06/08/12 @ 20:00 Opera Nixon in China San Francisco Opera
Lawrence Renes, conductor
Opera House San Francisco Program Adams: Nixon in China
06/11/12 @ 20:00 Chamber Left Coast Ensemble Left Coast Ensemble Gallagher San Francisco Program Chang: Under a Dim, Orange Light
de Falla: Homenaje
Norman: A Companion Guide to Rome
Debussy: Sonata for flute, vioila, and harp
06/14/12 @ 20:00 Concert San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
Yuja Wang, piano
Davies San Francisco Program Fauré: Pavane
Sibelius: Symphony No. 3
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3
07/14/12 @ 19:00 Theater Red Stage 3 Theater Stage 3 Sonora Program Logan: Red
08/13/12 @ 19:15 Sports SF Giants baseball Nationals vs. Giants AT&T Park San Francisco
09/01/12 @ 20:00 Theater The Imaginary Invalid Murphys Creek Theater Black Bart Playhouse Murphys Program Molière: The Imaginary Invalid
09/28/12 @ 20:00 Concert San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor Davies San Francisco Program Adams, Samuel Carl: Drift and Providence
Mahler: Symphony No. 5
10/05/12 @ 20:00 Concert Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Nicholas McGegan, conductor Herbst San Francisco Program Purcell: The Prophetess
10/11/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony András Schiff, pianist/conductor Davies San Francisco Program Mendelssohn: Fingal's Cave Overture
Bach: Keyboard Concerto No. 2
Bach : Keyboard Concerto No. 1
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4
10/18/12 @ 20:00 Concert San Francisco Symphony Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
Khatia Buniatishvili, piano
Davies San Francisco Program Scriabin: Rêvereie
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Prokofiev: Ivan the Terrible
10/20/12 @ 20:00 Theater 33 Variations TheatreWorks Silicon Valley Center for Perf. Arts Mountain View Program Kaufman: 33 Variations
10/24/12 @ 10:00 Rehearsal San Francisco Symphony Asher Fisch, conductor
David Fray, piano
Davies San Francisco Program Brahms: Symphony No. 4
Mozart: Piano Concerto No. 22
10/27/12 @ 17:00 Opera Einstein on the Beach Cal Performances Zellerbach Berkeley Program Glass: Einstein on the Beach
11/04/12 @ 16:00 Chamber Noe Valley Chamber Music Delphi Trio St. Mark's San Francisco Program Haydn: Piano trio in Eb
Grieg: Andante con moto
Jalbert: Trio
Dvorak: Piano Trio No. 3
11/09/12 @ 20:00 Concert Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Nicholas McGegan, conductor
Emanuel Ax, fortepiano
Herbst San Francisco Program Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 4
Beethoven: Twelve Contradanses
Beethoven: Symphony No. 4
11/11/12 @ 14:00 Theater So Nice to Come Home To Cinnabar Theater
Mary Chun, conductor
Cinnabar Petaluma Program Evans/Hancock: So Nice to Come Home To
11/20/12 @ 20:00 Theater The Anarchist Patti Lupone & Debra Winger Golden New York Program Mamet: The Anarchist
12/07/12 @ 20:00 Chamber Old First Concerts Melody of China
Earplay
Old First Church San Francisco Program Traditional: Flying China
Myers: Standing at the Gate
Hu: Three Refrains
Hu: Joyful Night
Huang: Along the River during the Qingming Festival
12/13/12 @ 19:30 House concert Tom's Place Joe Lasqo, piano/electronics Tom's Place Berkeley Lasqo: Pieces
Stockhausen: Hymnen
12/14/12 @ 20:00 Concert Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Masaaki Suzuki, conductor Herbst San Francisco Program Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3
Bach: Cantata Christen, ätzet diesen Tag, BWV 63
Bach: Magnificat